Celebrity Spotlight: Ludacris

Ludacris

Celebrities deserve some shine for all of the good works that they do. I’m dedicating the first celebrity spotlight to Chris “Ludacris” Bridges for three reasons…

1. He kicked off his “LudaCrismas in Toyland” initiative here in Chicago on Tuesday

2. He has been one of the most consistent philanthropic entertainers. Since 2001, the Ludacris Foundation has donated over $750,000 to nonprofit organizations.

3. He looks TOO sharp in the photo above (taken at a recent shoot for Michigan Avenue Magazine).

LudaCrismas will visit New York on Thursday and Miami on Friday before returning to Atlanta to host an event on Saturday. The Ludacris Foundation partnered with community organizations in each city to put together an event for children to enjoy food, entertainment, and games in a festive holiday environment! These Christmas parties are apart of the LudaCares Initiative which is dedicated to supporting kids and families in need during the holiday season

If you would like to show your support for this foundation and learn more the programs offered, please head on over to the website. Go LUDA!

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P.S. “LudaCrismas” is not to be confused with “LudaChristmas,” the holiday event featured on 30 Rock…In case you were wondering!

Upcoming Toy Drives

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As expected, there have been numerous toy drives all over the city. This past weekend, both Anna Kournikova and former Chicago Bears player, Jerry Azumah, hosted toy drives for their respective charities. And, this week, there are still more opportunities for you to show up and drop something off for a deserving child!

Thurs, 12/18: Latino Toys for Tots Party – This event, hosted by Telemundo anchor Tsi-Tsi-Ki Felix, is a benefit for the Erie Neighborhood House and includes appetizers and Don Julio and Ciroc cocktails.

Where: Enclave (220 W. Chicago) from 6-9p

Suggested Donation: Toy Valued at $30 or more

RSVP to chicagolatinonetwork.com/holiday2008rsvp.php

Fri, 12/19: Ignite the Spirit Fund’s 5th Annual Toy Drive – Come out and help Chicago firefighters collect toys for three local children’s hospitals! This group has also produced a 2009 calendar to raise funds for families. You’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the featured gentlemen and purchase a calendar.

Where: Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison) from 7-10p

Suggested Donation: $30.00 without a toy or a $15.00 with a toy, includes unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks

Sat, 12/20: Negro League Legends Collect Toys for Tots – Several players from the Negro Leagues will be signing autographs along with collecting toys for the Illinois Toys for Tots organization.

Where: JC J Memorabilia – Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave) from 12-3p

Now, you can’t say that you missed your chance to give a toy! Get out there and drop something off…And, don’t forget to give with a cheerful heart! This is a joyous time of year :-)

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Peek Inside Chicago Society Circles

I tend to cover charity/philanthropy that’s a little more accessible than your big-ticket $500/ticket galas. However, if you’re like me and still interested in what events Chicago’s top movers-and-shakers attend, then check out Crain’s Chicago Business’ Social Whirl section. Mary Cameron Frey does a great job of covering events and you can also check out the photo gallery for a true Who’s Who in Chicago!

Click here to be whisked away!

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Candace Jordan (Image by Paul Sherman)

 

UPDATE: 

You should also follow Candace Jordan, one of Chicago’s premiere and F-A-B socialites. She wears many philanthropic hats and is always on everyone’s A-List. Read her adventures on her site, Candid Candace!

 

Also, there is a new website launching called Chicago Society Book. Bookmark the site now by visiting this link!

Happy socialite hunting!

 

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Sears Wants You to Grant Our Heroes' Wishes

While watching Saturday night TV, I saw a commercial encouraging Americans to support our military families through Sears’ “Heroes at Home” Wish Registry. The Registry allows military families to write their stories and create a wish list of items that they would love to have this Christmas. Some of the stories made me misty-eyed and made me wish that I had enough money to buy a million items for the families!

When you visit Sears.com/wish, you can read stories and view the wish lists, make a general donation, write a note of encouragement, and much more! I’m assuming that the registry closes on Christmas, but I could be wrong! If I find out otherwise, I’ll update the post!

Sears is also donating $250,000 to the USO and another $250,000 to Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that rehabilitates the homes of low-income families (particularly the elderly and disabled).

I’m getting all tingly as I type…I love the giving spirit :-)

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"Tue" Fabulous

Tuesday is a pretty ho-hum day of the week…I feel like no one looks forward to it. So, I’m going to do my part to give the day some PIZAZZ with an assortment of quotes, shoes, and bags!

Quote of the Week

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Dream Shoe of the Week – L.A.M.B. “Primose” Pumps

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Dream Bag of the Week – Treesje Avalon Tote

Treesje Tote

Anthem of the Week – “Funkin’ for Jamaica” – Tom Browne

Funkin For Jamaica – Tom Browne

I’m dedicating this song to the negative Chicago wind chill! Just to spite you, I’m going to play this song ON BLAST and pretend I’m at a summer BBQ. Please pass the Corona…

 

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Fabulous Gifts Part II

Happy Monday! I finally have part II of Fabulous Gifts, a short list of little trinkets to bring big joy on a small budget!

Wine Glass Tags and Decor 

How many times have you been at a gathering drinking wine and someone says “Which glass is mine?” A million for me! A former co-worker owns “Wine Lines,” and I think they are hilarious. Each tag says something tongue-in-cheek which can describe your wine along with you. I was “Fruity, yet firm and well-stacked.” Haha!

1. Wine Lines                           2. Stem Adornments

                                    3. Shopping Tags

 

1. Wine Lines, $6.99 2. Stem Adornments, $13.95 3. Shopping-Themed Charms, $17.99

 

Swarovski Pencils

We’ve come a long way from our Bedazzler days, at least I hope we have. But, anyways…it still feels nice to own sparkly things. I saw these pencils over at A Woman’s Worth, and fell in love! These Swarovski-tipped pencils are so beautiful that you may have a hard time bringing yourself to actually use them!

Swarovski Pencils 

Each pencil costs $7 and can be purchased on RedStamp.com!

 

Handmade Jewelry

It’s no secret that accessories can totally make (or break) an outfit. Instead of gifting jewelry purchased at an overpriced retail store, why not support independent artisans and their creations? If you aren’t sure where to start, head on over to Etsy.com.

 

And, of course, if you can’t see yourself buying a gift that isn’t sold in the mall, at least shop at a store that rewards you with points and/or sends you coupons in the mail (a la Bebe, Express, Macy’s, etc). After all, we are still (make that, definitely) in a recession!

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Tory Burch Creates CD for Charity

 Tory Burch CD

Tory Burch is putting out a series of CDs to raise funds for various causes and organizations. Volume 1 was just released and 100% of all sales will benefit Save The Children. The CD features songs from Estelle, The Cure, James Hunter, and many others! You can purchase the CD at Tory Burch’s website by clicking here.

Technical Difficulties…

Hey, everyone…I want to apologize for not loading any new posts (especially Fabulous Gifts Part II). My WordPress is stuck and will only let me develop content in HTML code, and unfortunately, I’m not super-skilled in HTML. At least, not enough to do fancy things…I’m working with the kind folks at WordPress, and hope to have this worked out SOON!!!

Stay tuned…

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Shop, save, and give at We-Care.com

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Man, the Internet, for all its ills, keeps getting better! I received an email asking me to check out We-Care.com. It’s a website that allows you to shop at some of your favorite stores and a percentage of funds are automatically donated to an organization of your choice. 

I took a look on there earlier, and there are some GREAT stores on there! I found Bebe, Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, Macy’s, Best Buy, etc! The site is pretty easy to navigate and they even offer coupons/discounts for some stores!

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Yay!

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I was tagged by another philanthropy-focused blog, Black Gives Back, to receive the Superior Scribbler Award! Black Gives Back focuses on philanthropic activities within the black community. Amen!

Before I pass the award along, I have to list the rules!

1) Pass The Award on to the five (5) most deserving bloggers.
2) Each recipient must link to the author and name of the blog from whom The Award was received.
3) Each “Superior Scribbler” must display The Award on their blog and link back to
http://scholastic-scribe.blogspot.com/2008/10/200-this-blings-for-you-html (**link isn’t working though) which explains The Award.
4) Each blogger must visit this site and add their name to the Mr Linky List.
5) Each blogger must post these rules.

Okay, so here’s my list…

1. Everyday Cookin’

I learned about this blog through InChiCity.com, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked to the recipes featured. The step-by-step instructions and pictures help to make sure that your dish turns out as well as his! I just wish I could smell the photos :-)

2. The B-Life

I’m secretly an East Coaster so I read a lot of blogs based in NYC/DC. I like this blog because the posts are short and informative and I always feel like I’m on the inside when surfing this blog (even though I’m in another city)!

3. Tea and Such

Tiasha’s blog offers a hilarious (and sometimes serious) point of view on life. Topics range from the Bears to Chicago nightlife to relationships (and everything in between). My fav feature? Her weekly Obama Watch posts! 

4. The Fashion Bomb

Okay, I know that most people are familiar with The Fashion Bomb, but I had to include them on this list because this is a site that I cannot live without! Claire and Adriana (and the interns) stay on top of all things urban fashion. Make sure to catch the Friday Mail Bombs!

5. Park Avenue Peerage

I, along with a few friends, have NYC socialite alteregos. Our group consists of Fabiola Beracasa, Tinsley Mortimer, Rachel Roy (me), and Amanda Hearst. Park Avenue Peerage is crucial to us because here is where we find gorgeous pictures of us attending swanky society events.

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